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With the deadline fast approaching for entries to the Utility Week Awards 2021, the chief executive of last year’s Utility of the Year reflects on what the win meant for his company. SGN’s John Morea also gives his views on how the industry has reacted to the pandemic and why it is right to celebrate what has been achieved during a turbulent year.
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UK Power Networks (UKPN) has begun trialling a new early warning system for network faults at key sites across London and the South East. The company said the Smart Cable Guards developed by DNV work like a “doctor’s stethoscope” – continuously monitoring the “pulse” of the network to detect tiny electrical distortions similar to an “irregular heartbeat”.
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Wales and West Utilities (WWU) has received approval from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to inject gas containing up to 1 per cent hydrogen into the gas grid. The gas will be produced at Advanced Biofuel Solutions’ waste gasification plant in Swindon where it will also be injected into the network starting in October.
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Brexit has pushed the UK to the “back of the queue” for developing interconnectors, Sir Ed Davey has claimed. The former energy and climate change secretary of state said that he “never found any European rules that got in the way” of the UK’s renewable energy push.
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National Grid has successfully erected the world’s first T-pylon. It represents the first newly-designed electricity pylon to be introduced to Great Britain for nearly a century.
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Kwasi Kwarteng has postponed a decision on plans for a controversial new electricity interconnector with France. The secretary of state for business and energy has extended the statutory deadline to 21 October.
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UKPN has added almost 2,700 chargepoints across its region in the 12 months to April 2021 to meet the demands of the growing number of electric vehicles on the roads ahead of the banning of new petrol and diesel car sales in 2030
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There is much talk of expanding and sharing priority services registers across the country. But, what is the experience like for people actively seeking to sign up? Gemserv’s Nigel Wilkinson found out when he encouraged his elderly mother to put her name down. He reflects on her experiences.
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UK Power Networks and Thames Water are planning to expand their shared priority services register (PSR) scheme by bringing other organisations into the partnership. However, a vulnerability expert has warned that current PSRs are “coming to the end of their working life” and that a new system should created.
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Kaluza and Flexitricity have teamed up to offer a new combined grid flexibility service in the Balancing Mechanism. The Ovo-owned energy platform and the aggregator will offer demand response by optimising electric vehicle (EV) and domestic battery storage, including vehicle-to-grid (V2G) for the first time.
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Ofgem has been urged to make “bold decisions” to prioritise reinforcement of the grid in areas with a high potential renewable energy yield and ensure transmission charges are equally shared across the UK.
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National Grid has confirmed that the 1GW of the IFA interconnector, which was damaged by fire this week, will be unavailable until 27 March 2022. In more positive news, Britain and Norway have signed a bilateral treaty on electricity interconnection, ahead of the expected commissioning of the 1.4GW North Sea Link between the two countries next month.
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Average power prices over the past two weeks have been eight times higher than the average in 2019, according to data from EnAppSys. Phil Hewitt, director of the energy market analyst, told Utility Week further supplier failures were inevitable and that retailers should be lobbying Ofgem to give them some relief from the price cap. He said many suppliers had been far too relaxed about actively trading in the intraday and advanced markets.
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A customer service expert has warned utilities they cannot get away with blaming poor performance on Covid or Brexit. Jo Causon, chief executive of the Institute of Customer Service, pointed to evidence that after an initial wave of high satisfaction across sectors, consumers were now becoming more demanding and less likely to be pacified when they encounter problems.
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A large fire at a National Grid interconnector in Kent is continuing to disrupt electricity supplies being imported from France. The interconnector, also known as Cross-Channel, is a 2GW high voltage direct current link between the UK and the continent. Data from National Grid shows power flows for the interconnector are currently at zero.
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As wholesale power prices continue to soar to new record levels, one academic has predicted even large suppliers will be under extreme pressure. Average prices in the day-ahead market for Tuesday (14 September) hit £461/MWh on the EPEX market and £380/MWh on Nordpool. Jeff Hardy, a senior research fellow at Imperial College London, warned “if you haven’t got anything that de-risks your exposure to wholesale prices as a supplier, then I think you are going to be in deep trouble”.
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